"It just kept getting higher and higher," he said. "I've seen 10 inches and nothing like that, maybe because it was such a short period of time, over two hours. We thought it was going to be a quick shower, ended up being a typhoon."
The heavy downpour also caused Little Creek to overflow, flooding a pedestrian walkway and at one point even the roadway near Regency Drive and South Lombard Street.
"It was raining real hard and there was rolling thunder for a good while," Clayton resident Sarah Parker said.
Weather also caused problems for residents in Durham County. Duke Power reported there were 2,079 people without power around 5 p.m., but it was quickly restored.